Long Life Design exhibition at the Pearl Art Museum

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Water tanks function as seating in the exhibition.

“The future is new, so is the past,” said Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the renowned Japanese aesthetician.

The concept is reflected in Nagaoka Kenmei’s Long Life Design, which was introduced to the public through an exhibition entitled Long Life Design: Thinking and Practice.

The exhibition, on view at the Pearl Art Museum through November 6, features more than 600 objects and unveils the unique and distinctive design thoughts and practices of Nagaoka Kenmei, a Japanese design activist who values ​​long-term manufacture and use in design .

The exhibition not only showcases the work influenced by “Long-Life Design” in Japan, but also includes a special section of “Echoes: Explorations of Local Designers” by 10 Chinese designers and brands championing this design concept.

According to Nagaoka Kenmei, who first proposed the “Long Life Design” concept, “We should treat objects with love and understand the value of those that can last.”

In fact, the idea goes far beyond “sustainable design”. It is a way of rethinking the relationship between human and object.

“In this context, thinking about design could go further than simple product design, which is limited to profit and sale,” said Li Dandan, the museum’s curator.

“Design could be a tangible tool and method with humanistic traits deeply linked to multiple areas to make our lives better.”

The design of the exhibition corresponds to the concept of “Long Life Design”.

The walk-in water tanks, as a normal object, not only serve as a support for the presentation of the works of art after they have been filled, but also as seating for visitors to linger. These water tanks perfectly preserve the minimalist style of the museum space designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is d Food Lab, which features six series of models depicting foods with local characteristics from six places in Japan.

Visitors can watch a documentary about the “d47 canteen” to find out how the canteen serves local food from 47 places in Japan. This is another reflection of Long Life Design, creating a healthy and sustainable food culture through delicious dishes specially made from foods harvested in different regions.

The Design Recycle section presents a mountain of used clothing contrasted with an arrangement of colorful garments showing garment redesign and recycling.

Long Life Design exhibition at the Pearl Art Museum

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Information about the exhibition

Date: Until November 6th (closed on Mondays), Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday to Sunday 10am to 10pm

Venue: Pearl Art Museum

Address: 8F Aegean Place, 1588 Wuzhong Rd

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